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Portola in Plumas County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Sacramento Northern Railway 712

Road Freight Locomotive

 
 
Sacramento Northern Railway 712 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2016
1. Sacramento Northern Railway 712 Marker
Inscription.  The Sacramento Northern was a subsidiary railroad of the Western Pacific. The SN was originally an electric interurban railroad from Oakland to Chico, California, but by the late 1960s it was dieselized and its lines had been chopped into isolated segments serving clusters of freight customers. Among the most important was the large steel mill in Pittsburg, California, on a line reached via trackage rights over the Santa Fe Railway from Stockton, California.

SN 712 was built for the Western Pacific, part of WP's second order for this locomotive model. In July 1971 the 712 and sister engine 711 were transferred to the SN, retiring two ex-New York Ontario & Western Railway F3A model locomotives that had worked the SN trains running to the steel mill at Pittsburgh. The old F3A locomotives were worn out from the heavy service and the railway needed a pair of engines with similar horsepower but more conducive to switching duties, as the previous F3s were carbody style locomotives with limited visibility.

The two "new" locomotives were among the first on the WP system to be repainted from their as delivered silver and orange colors into
Sacramento Northern Locomotive #712 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2016
2. Sacramento Northern Locomotive #712
(marker visible near center, above fuel tank)
the new "Perlman Green" paint, adopted with the appointment of Alfred E. Perlman to the Presidency of the WP in December of 1970.

Though owned by the Sacramento Northern, 712 was often found working on the WP proper. At the time of the Union Pacific merger in December 1982, SN 712 could usually be found working in San Jose, California or running on secondary trains on the western end of the WP.

The 712 was the last SN lettered locomotive in service. Upon retirement by Union Pacific in March 1985, the engine was donated to the Western Railway Museum near Fairfield, California, where it was repainted and displayed. In 2006, the Feather River Rail Society and Western Railway Museum operator Bay Area Electric Railway Association traded several pieces of equipment, including SN 712, to better focus their respective collections.

builder • Electro-Motive Division of General Motors
built • April, 1953
type • GP7
horsepower • 1500
serial number • 18168
original cost • $170,833.00
top speed • 65 MPH
operating weight • 246,800 lbs
acquisition • donated by Bay Area Electric Railway Association
 
Erected by Western Pacific Railroad Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
Sacramento Northern Locomotive #712 image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 22, 2016
3. Sacramento Northern Locomotive #712
Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 39° 48.198′ N, 120° 28.641′ W. Marker is in Portola, California, in Plumas County. Marker can be reached from Western Pacific Way Ό mile west of Main Street. Marker is mounted directly on the subject locomotive, on exhibit in the Western Pacific Railroad Museum yard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Western Pacific Way, Portola CA 96122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Western Pacific Railroad 925-C (a few steps from this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 805-A (within shouting distance of this marker); Central California Traction Company 24 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 428 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 484 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 501 (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Pacific Railroad MW208 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Western Pacific 106 "Charles O. Sweetwood" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portola.
 
Also see . . .  Sacramento Northern 712. Today, SN 712 is displayed, out of service with a faulty traction motor. (Submitted on December 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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